The 5-part series “Paradise Preserved” transports us into five fantastically beautiful regions, where unusual concepts of nature conservation are being practiced: with people rather than against them. Instead of banning local residents, companies, or tourists from these species-rich regions of nature, they become part of a new strategy. Through responsible, sustainable use of natural resources, they are helping to preserve these natural paradises — with extraordinary results.
Nature and human beings can not only co-exist but ideally can benefit from each other. This is happening in different ways in the five regions portrayed. In some cases, shepherds, collectors, and farmers are protecting unique ecosystems by returning to old traditions and living and working in harmony with nature. In other cases, scientists, entrepreneurs and foresters are using modern expertise to look for concepts that secure an income for the inhabitants of these regions and at the same time conserve habitats under threat. Exploitation for the sake of protection: that’s how these natural paradises are being made fit for the future.
In the Congolese rainforest, in Norway’s Vega Archipelago, in the Alpine meadows of Switzerland, in the cultivated landscape around Lake Con-stance and in the Ecuadorian cloud forests nature conservation and peo-ple’s lives are being reconciled. The individual episodes are self-contained and document fascinating projects that are dependent on vi-sion, inventiveness and a long-term approach.
Lavishly filmed drone and underwater footage, rare wildlife shots and moving stories make the “Paradise Preserved” series an unforgettable experience - mentally, visually and emotionally.